DC: For those who don't know, could you tell us a little about what NeoCon is?
C: NeoCon is North America's largest commercial design exposition. Every year, over 50,000 architects and design professionals attend this event with the opportunity to discover thousands of innovative products and resources—from hundreds of showrooms and exhibitors—for all types of commercial and residential interiors. It is pretty much the single most important event of the year for all industry professionals.
DC: Have you attended NeoCon in the past? Have you ever done a display?
C: I have attended NeoCon for the past 4 years. As a student, it was very beneficial for me to network while also discovering the industry’s hottest new ideas and trends. This is the first year I have designed an exhibit for NeoCon.
DC: How exciting! What did you get your degree in?
C: I graduated just this past April 2012 from Harrington College of Design with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.
DC: Congratulations! And what an honor it is to get to do this display! Can you tell us a little about what it is?
C: The exhibit I designed will help advertise Harrington College of Design, one of the most well known and respected Interior Design schools in Chicago. Harrington attends the event every year, and it not only helps bring in more interested students, but it also serves as a great way to network for their existing students.
DC: How did you get chosen to participate this year?
C: I participated in a competition through Harrington against 7 other design students, where we had to create a concept and exhibit space. This year, Harrington wanted their exhibit to inform people about the 4 master degrees they now offer. With that in mind, I came up with the concept "Destination Design," which evokes the idea of navigating your life to go back to school, thus navigating to Harrington. After a presentation and votes, my design won, and was therefore chosen to be built for NeoCon 2012.
DC: Well you must be very excited! What are you most looking forward to during NeoCon 2012?
C: I am definitely looking forward to the opportunity to meet other industry professionals and market myself as a designer. I’m also hoping to spare some time to enjoy the Trade show myself, and discover all the new ideas and products people have come up with.
Congratulations Chrissy and have fun this week!
We know you will absolutely rock!
Check out some pics of her design!:
For more on this year's NeoCon, visit http://www.neocon.com/